Sunday, February 15, 2009

More Soup . . . Baby Lima Soup with Chipotle Broth

OK, so I'm on a soup kick lately. It is probably because the husband, kiddo, and I have all been sick for most of the last month. The weather here in Atlanta has been pretty crazy -- it will be freezing for a week, then in the 70s for a week -- it is no wonder we have all been sick. Having said that, there is something about a nice hot bowl of soup that warms me through and makes me feel better. This is a super simple recipe that won't take you long to make and tastes sooo good!

Baby Lima Soup with Chipotle Broth
Recipe Courtesy of Heidi Swanson at

1 pound dried baby lima beans, picked over and rinsed
10 cups water (or chicken broth)
1 head garlic, top lobbed off to expose the cloves and loose skins removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, halved top to bottom and sliced into thin crescents
1 to 2 chipotles in adobo sauce
2 teaspoons fine-grain sea salt
Squeeze of lime juice (optional)

Rinse the beans, then combine them with the water/broth and garlic in a heavy soup pot. You might think putting a whole head of unpeeled garlic in the pot is strange, but just go with it. Bring the beans to an active simmer and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, until just a touch al dente and not mushy or falling apart. Test their doneness by tasting; you really can't tell any other way.

Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, add the onion, chipotles, and 2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce, and sauté over medium high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, just until the onion starts to soften. You can always add more adobo sauce later for a spicier soup; just don't overdo it on the front end.

Add the salt and the onion-chipotle mix to the pot of beans and simmer gently for about 5 minutes to blend the flavors. The broth should be thin, so add more water if needed. Add more salt and more adobo a bit at a time if the flavors aren't popping. Finish with a squeeze of lime if you like. I usually remove the garlic head at this point or serve around it.

Serves 6.

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